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Across the Research

Issue 15 - January 2024

Research Review Summary

Effectiveness of progressive tendon-loading exercise therapy in patients with patellar tendinopathy: a randomized clinical trial

Key takeaways:
  • Eccentric exercise is a simple and viable option for managing symptoms with patella tendinopathy
  • Isometrics, isotonics, and dynamic exercise may offer slightly better outcomes if dosed appropriately
  • Exercise for patella tendinopathy should be performing for a minimum of 6 months for significant improvements in symptoms
  • Roughly half of athletes can expect to return to sport by 6 months regardless of the exercise routine, but most will not be back to their prior level
  • Setting realistic expectations for time to improve symptoms and return to sport is key